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Specializing in Natural and Sustainable Landscapes

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Landscaping Math: Plant Estimating Chart

Formulas for figuring square feet Length x width
Circle – 3.14 x radius squared – (Radius is distance from center of circle to perimeter / or half the distance of the diameter) (Radius squared is radius x 2)
Plant Estimating Chart
Example: if you select 18″ spacing and need to cover 300 square feet, the box where that column and row intersect tells you that you need 133 plants.If you don’t see your exact coverage area listed, either estimate by selecting the closest area listed or use the second chart below (“Plant Calculator”) to precisely calculate how many plants you need.Image

Plant Calculator

Use the plant calculator below to determine how many plants to use per square foot of space to be planted – particularly ground covers, annuals and perennials.

To accurately use chart you must first know how far to properly space the type of plant you are planting. Spacing is usually listed on the plant description.

Example: you want to cover an area of 120 square feet with a spacing of 10″. For 10″ spacing the plants per square foot is 1.45. Multiply 1.45 x 120 and you get 174 plants needed.

(Area in square feet) x (Plants per Square Foot) = Number of plants needed

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4 Common DIY Landscape Mistakes

STOP–Don’t plant another plant until you read this. OK so it is January in CENTRAL ILLINOIS and no one is planting now, but seriously when the weather warms up and garden shops stock beautiful plants– consider the maintenance needed before buying plants.

Boring plant selection and high maintenance to boot.

Boring plant selection and high maintenance to boot.

Are you a Do-It-Yourself landscaper?  Why do you, DIY?

Because I can…Because I should….Because I like the satisfaction….Because I can save money…. 

If you have the time and skills and plan on researching your project, you can indeed save money and have great satisfaction out of completing a DIY project.

But for some homeowners, they lack the time, vision or design skills to produce a cohesive landscape.  Do you fit into one of these categories?

  • Do you plant the same plants as your neighbors?  When plants need to be replaced do you plant the same type?  Many homeowners pick boring plants because they want to play it safe or they don’t have the interest to learn about other options.
  • Do you have overgrown trees and shrubs?  Do you spend a lot of time trimming to keep the plants looking good ? Many DIY homeowners don’t understand the plant conditions needed to optimize the plants potential.  By planting shrubs without consideration of full size or growing conditions, you will spend a lot of time and money keeping the landscape looking good.
  • Have you planted a plant that needs constant care to look good? Do you have to water at the first sign of hot weather?  Some plants need a lot of care to perform; other plants don’t need much care and give big dividends. Do you know the difference?
  • Does your garden lacks unifying design elements?  You plant plants or place lawn decorations with no consideration of the total landscape scheme.

If you are DIY homeowner, Blooming Garden Designs can help you transform your garden into a beautiful showplace.  Cindy can work with you to create a unified total landscape plan or she can work with you  as a consultant charging an  hourly fee for services.

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Gift Wrap from the garden


Simple outdoor greens add a festive mood….and best of all it’s sustainable.

You don’t need to go to the store to buy gift wrap . Go outside and find beautiful decorating ideas in nature.  This link gives many great sustainable ideas for a festive  holiday season

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Getting Ready to Hang Outdoor Holiday Decorations? Tips and How 2

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What Makes a Good Design?

I can answer this question from many different perspectives and for each homeowner the answer can vary.  So asked over 30,000 readers “What makes a good design? Good indoor design was important but outdoor living space was listed, also. Here are the top 5 answers.

  1. Well Planned Design
  2. Private and Secure Outdoor Living Space
  3. Strong Outdoor Connections
  4. Casual and Barefoot Lifestyle
  5. Single- detached family homes

If you need help creating the right outdoor design, call us today for a free consultation. 309-533-0941.